Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth Sarian and I am a sophomore in CSOM. I am technically still undeclared and am planning on double concentrating in Marketing and Finance. I am from Malvern, PA (a suburb of Philadelphia,) but most of my extended family is from the greater Boston area, so moving to Boston College last fall was like coming to my home away from home. I was able to get involved on campus through 4Boston, Women in Business, and the Marketing Academy of Boston College. I loved my freshman year at BC, and am looking forward to coming back in a few weeks to kick off sophomore year!
This summer has absolutely flown by; I feel like we just moved out of school a few weeks ago. I spent my summer in Ocean City, NJ on the Jersey Shore and worked at an Italian market/bakery, Bennie’s Bread, in the mornings and a boutique style clothing store, Island Gypsy, in the afternoons. Although my tasks merely included getting food for customers behind the counter and grabbing clothes from back-stock to put on the floor, it was interesting to see the similarities and differences between both businesses. Even though Bennie’s and Island Gypsy had completely different products and clientele, I was able to closely observe how each owner managed their own small business. From processing and handling deliveries, to managing employees, to dealing with difficult customers, both of my managers were great examples of a caring, hard working business owner who have inspired me to start my own business one day.
I also worked remotely as a marketing intern for a financial advisors group, Hightower Advisors, based in my hometown, which I have been working for since February 2017. My tasks at Hightower were mainly Salesforce based, organizing files, creating tasks and clearing out unnecessary or expired files. I wrote meeting agendas for the team and their clients, researched potential clients and wrote letters to prospects explaining our business. I was lucky to work with such a great group of people at the office, and I missed being surrounded by the other workers this summer.
Outside of school and work I love hanging out with my friends, traveling, going to the beach and going to concerts. My roommate was able to visit me a few weeks ago and we went to The Chainsmokers concert on the Atlantic City beach. The concert was in the sand, it was a beautiful day, we didn’t have to wait in any lines to get into the concert, and we ended up being 20 feet from the stage so it was a pretty amazing day. Earlier this summer my family and I took a vacation to the west coast starting in Arizona, going to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and ending in Los Angeles. We saw spectacular views, visited family and friends, and had an unforgettable trip!
I also love to volunteer and serve the community around me, so I love being a part of 4Boston! I volunteer at the Mattapan Early Elementary School and help the teachers of Pre-K to 2nd grade students in their after school program. We have dance parties in the music classroom, play on the playground (weather permitting) and do arts and crafts. Going to Mattapan every week is a great way to get away from the academics on campus and focus on the kids! I also volunteer as a counselor at a sleepaway camp in upstate New York (from which I am posting this blog right now.) I grew up attending the camp during middle school and high school, so I love taking this opportunity to give back.
I have been excited about the idea of TechTrek East since Professor Kane gave a brief presentation about it in my Computers in Management class last semester. I really enjoyed my Computers class with Professor Sterpe, and thought TechTrek would be a great application of the ideas and concepts we learned about tech in business at the end of the semester. Additionally, last fall I went on a trip to New York City with the Marketing Academy of BC where we visited Google, Lord and Taylor and Saks Fifth Ave and met with BC alumni who currently have their dream jobs at their respective companies. I am excited to have a similar experience over an entire semester with TechTrek East, networking professionals in the industry and seeing how they successfully manage their businesses. I am looking forward to working closely with a larger group of people to get different perspectives on issues, moving forward to a more open mind about the tech industry.
Enjoy the rest of your last few weeks of summer, and see you in the fall!